Friday, September 30, 2016
Summer is over and we're heading for a cold season, it's time to get this year’s flu shot to keep you and your family protected this flu season.
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Tom Frieden, reminded the people to take their flu shot last Thursday at the annual National Foundation for Infectious Diseases press conference on flu vaccines.
“If we could increase vaccination coverage in this country by just five percent more, that would prevent about 800,000 illnesses and nearly 10,000 hospitalizations. Flu vaccine is one of the best buys in public health.”
The 2016 flu vaccine has two basic types: 1. flu vaccine that gives you protection from three strains of flu 2. vaccine that gives you protection against four strains of flu
Both flu vaccines will protect you against H1N1 (swine flu), H3N3 and a Type B strain. The only difference between the two is that the “quadrivalent” vaccine also protects against a second Type B strain.
CDC didn't say which one you should get, but obviously the more coverage the better it is. Frieden said what is important is get your shots immidiately since “The problem is that a vaccination deferred is often a vaccination forgotten.”
CDC also recommended this year to get your Flu shots through vaccine not nasal spray form after concerns arose last year about the effectiveness of the spray.
Don’t wait until the last minute to get your shot since it takes time to build the antibodies to fight the flu. In adults, the shot takes effect after about 2 weeks. For kids under 8 who may need 2 shots to be fully vaccinated, injections have to be spaced more than 4 weeks apart, so the earlier they get the 1st shot, the better.
Flu shots save lives, flu can give you fever, chills and muscle aches and it can lead to complications like pneumonia, blood infections, diarrhea and seizures. Flu can even lead to death, especially for the very young or the very old.
Flu shots are also extremely important for pregnant women, since they have increased risk of hospitalization and death from flu.
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Thursday, September 22, 2016
Honestly I love eating food with soy like tofu, I also love drinking soy milk so I was shocked to find out that eating too much maybe bad for you.
Soybeans are legumes native to East Asia, widely grown for its edible bean which has numerous uses. They are now being produced on a large scale in the United States due to its popularity.
Soybeans can be used to make many different foods, they are cheap source of protein for animal feeds and many packaged meals. Soybeans can be eaten whole, with the immature types being called edamame. Soybeans needs to be cooked, since they are poisonous when raw. The beans contain significant amounts of phytic acid, dietary minerals and B vitamins. Soy vegetable oil, used in food and industrial applications, is another product of processing the soybean crop.
Traditional non-fermented food uses of soybeans include soy milk from which tofu and tofu skin are made. Fermented soy foods include soy sauce, miso, fermented bean paste, natto and tempeh.
About 90% of soy that are produced in the U.S. is genetically modified and the crops are sprayed with the herbicide Roundup, which may be associated with adverse effects on health.
Soybeans contains many important nutrients, in fact in 100 grams, of mature, boiled, whole soybeans has large amounts of Manganese, Selenium, Copper, Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Iron, Calcium, Vitamin B6, Folate, Riboflavin (B2), Thiamin (B1) and Vitamin K. It has 173 calories, 9 grams of fat, 10 grams of carbs and 17 grams of protein. However, it also contains high amount of phytates which binds minerals and reduce nutrients absorption. Phytic acid has been said to fight cancer, however there is no evidence it has any beneficial role to play in cancer medicine.
Soybeans contains high amounts of omega-6 fatty acids which is not good as they may increase the probability of a number of diseases. Excess omega-6 fatty acids may interfere with the health benefits of omega-3 fats it may cause arthritis, inflammation, and cancer.
Health Benefits of Soy:
- Lowers cholesterol, it is said to reduce the Total and LDL cholesterol level.
- Reduce the risk of prostate cancer in old people
- Lower breast cancer risk
- It contain a high level of phytic acid which is an antioxidant (reduce cancer, minimize diabetes, and reduce inflammation)
Healthy Risks of Soy:
- Allergy to soy is common
- Soy contains large amounts of isoflavones, source of phytoestrogens in the human diet. This can interfere with the normal function of hormones in the body.
- can cause reduce sperm count in men
- isoflavones in soy also function as goitrogens, which are substances that interfere with thyroid function.
- isoflavones in soy can be harmful to infants, soy-based infant formula can have harmful effects.
Like any other food Soy has its health benefits and risks so eating moderately is the best option. It is also important for pregnant or breastfeeding women to avoid soy and other sources of endocrine disrupting compounds. For infants formula, it should only be used as a last resort.
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Friday, September 9, 2016
Colonel Sanders' Kentucky Fried Chicken is known all over the world and people love the taste of their chicken since it's finger lickin' good. The secret recipe for their fried chicken is a blend of 11 herbs and spices and it's kept hidden in a vault for safekeeping.
According to the Chicago Tribune the secret recipe has already been exposed to their reporter named Jay Jones accidentally by Joe Ledington, a nephew of the man who made the recipe famous. Jones assignment was in Corbin, Ky., he is to write a story for The Tribune’s travel section about the town where the colonel served his first fried chicken. While there, he arranged a meeting with Mr. Ledington, whose uncle, Col. Harland Sanders, founded Kentucky Fried Chicken.
Mr. Ledington entertained the reporter and show him an old family photo album that he said had belonged to Claudia Ledington, the second wife of Colonel Sanders, who died in 1996. He then show the reporter Claudia's last will and testament that was tucked hidden in the back of the scrapbook, and its final pages contained a handwritten recipe for a blend of 11 spices. It is written in blue ink and the title of the paper is "11 Spices — Mix With 2 Cups White Fl." and it enumerate the list of herbs and spices and the measurement for each one.
“The main ingredient is white pepper,” Mr. Ledington told the newspaper. “I call that the secret ingredient. Nobody knew what white pepper was. Nobody knew how to use it” in the 1950s, he said.
The Chicago Tribune tested the recipe and compared it with a bucket of KFC Original Recipe chicken and the result was good. Even though you got the recipe, you still need to unlock their pressure-cooking technique to cook those chickens. Here's the recipe that the colonel’s nephew showed The Chicago Tribune:
11 spices — mix with 2 cups white flour
2/3 tablespoon salt
1/2 tablespoon thyme
1/2 tablespoon basil
1/3 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon celery salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon dried mustard
4 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons garlic salt
1 tablespoon ground ginger
3 tablespoons white pepper
You can also opt to have Todd Wilbur's from Top Secret Recipes KFC original fried chicken clone which have no MSG and it has less calories and less fat content.
Todd Wilbur version: Calories: 200 thigh/ 290 breast, Fat: 9g thigh / 21g breast
Original KFC: Calories: 250 thigh/ 360 breast, Fat: 17g thigh / 21g breast
8 small pieces of chicken, breast, thigh, and drumsticks, with skin removed
8 cups water
1/3 cup salt
2 tbsp premium, MSG-free fish sauce
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups plain bread crumbs
4 1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp granulated sugar
2 tsp finely ground tellicherry pepper
1/2 tsp ground white pepper
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp ground savory
1/2 tsp ground sage
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground marjoram
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp ground cayenne pepper
2 cups skim milk
Vegetable oil cooking spray
1. Dissolve 1/3 cup salt in 8 cups water. Stir in fish sauce. Add chicken and marinate for 2 hours. Remove chicken from brine, rinse with water, and blot dry. Preheat oven to 375° F.
2. Make the breading by combining all ingredients in a large bowl.
3. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and then stir in the milk. When the oven is hot, dip each piece of chicken in the egg and milk mixture and then press into the breading. Toss each chicken piece in the breading until well-coated. Let chicken sit for 2 minutes in the breading. Shake off the excess breading and arrange on a baking sheet that has been thoroughly sprayed with vegetable oil non-stick spray.
4. When all of the chicken has been breaded, spray each piece with the oil spray until the breading is completely moistened.
5. Bake chicken for 40 to 45 minutes or until it’s nicely browned.
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Saturday, September 3, 2016
The "antibacterial" soaps that we usually buy in stores and groceries will no longer be sold. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ruled that "antibacterial" soaps do little or nothing at all to make soap work any better and said the industry has failed to prove that they are safe for consumers.
The latest ruling by the FDA will effectively ban antibacterial soaps and body washes that has certain ingredients from being sold to the public since those questionable ingredients were not proved to be safe and effective for long-term daily use, the FDA said on Friday.
It applies on antibacterial soaps and washes that contain one or more of 19 active ingredients, which includes a chemical known as triclosan and triclocarban which we see in our regular soap. Soap manufacturers will have another year to negotiate over other, less commonly used ingredients such as benzalkonium chloride. However, this rule has no effect on consumer hand sanitizers or antibacterial wipes.
Triclosan used in 93% of liquid products labeled "antibacterial" or "antimicrobial" at least 2,000 different products, according to the FDA.
Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research said,
"Consumers may think antibacterial washes are more effective at preventing the spread of germs, but we have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water. In fact, some data suggests that antibacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long-term."
Soap companies will have one year to either remove the ingredients or no longer market their products before the final rule is effective (PDF).
The American Cleaning Institute released a statement in response in which it indicated that the FDA had data showing the safety and effectiveness of antibacterial soaps. Manufacturers plan to provide additional science and research to fill any data gaps, according to the statement:
"In the coming year, ACI and its member companies will submit additional safety and effectiveness data on the key ingredients in use in consumer antibacterial soaps today: benzalkonium chloride, benzethonium chloride and chloroxylenol. ... Consumers can continue to use antibacterial soaps with confidence as they have for decades in millions of homes, offices, schools, daycare centers and other commercial settings."
In 2007 a research published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases found that using antibacterial consumer soaps containing triclosan seemed to offer no additional health benefit over using regular soap and water. And continued use for a long period of time may be linked to the propagation of dangerous drug-resistant bacteria.
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